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This Sunday from 8-9am, it’s Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on JAZZ.FM91.

This Sunday from 8-9am, it’s Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on Jazz FM 91

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The Luminato Festival begins its 11th edition this June. Over the last decade, it has welcomed 10,000 artists from 40 countries, reaching nearly a million festival goers.  The world-renowned celebration of arts and creativity has attracted a collection of the world's great programmers and the latest is Josephine Ridge. The talented Australian left her beloved Melbourne Arts Festival last year when it was announced she would take over the Luminato Artistic Director position from Jorn Weisbrodt. Josephine takes the reins on the heels of a slew of interesting years for the festival. The last three Luminatos were held in some capacity at the Mammoth Hearn Generating Station found in Toronto's vast Portland’s; last year the entire fest was put on there. This year, a return to its roots. Luminato will be held in multiple locations in the downtown Toronto area, including the often used David Pecaut Square. Her programming includes a major nod to contemporary indigenous musicians, artists from Montreal and Belgium, a musical theatre piece cast with actors who have down syndrome, and an array of musicians and entertainers who will fill The Famous Spiegeltent. 2017 is also a chance for Josephine to redefine what Luminato will look like in the next decade. Mark Wigmore speaks to Josephine Ridge in the Jazz FM studios.

And, Jazz Fm’s Garvia Bailey continues her incredible new series that is featured Fridays on ‘Good Morning Toronto’. The latest installment of “Giant Steps” tracks the musical contributions of Jason Moran.

And, Justin Kauflin is the talented jazz pianist from New York City who has endured a difficult path, but one gleaming with career highlights. He started as a classical musician, but turned to the piano after losing his sight due to an eye disease at age 11. He flourished all the same, being accepted to the best schools and music programs. In University, he met Clark Terry, the legendary trumpet player, and was invited to play in his ensemble. Their relationship would be chronicled in the heartfelt documentary, “Keep on Keepin On” in which Justin not only excels as his student, but helps Clark through his own health issues prior to his passing. Quincy Jones noted the artist around that time and the legendary producer took Justin out on his tours, and worked on Kauflin’s second record, ‘Dedication’. Justin has a Canadian connection as well, he was part of the ‘Oscar, With Love’ tribute album to Oscar Peterson, and has performed during the ‘Oscar, With Love’ concerts. On Saturday May 6th, Justin Kauflin will play alongside another Quincy Jones produced artist, Alfredo Rodríguez. The double bill will be performed at Stratus Vineyards in Niagara on the Lake as part of the Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts. There will be a screening of the documentary that afternoon as well with host Celine Peterson. Mark Wigmore speaks to Justin from his home in Brooklyn.

All that and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning. Catch the show from 8-9am on Sunday or online at

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